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Naphazoline

Naphazoline

How to use Naphazoline HCL Drops

Follow all directions on the product package, or use as directed by your doctor. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.To apply eye drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface.Remove contact lenses before applying the eye drops. Wait at least 10 minutes after using this medication before inserting contact lenses.Before using, check this product visually. Do not use if the liquid has changed color or is cloudy. Use in affected eye(s) as directed.

Tilt your head back, look upward, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over the eye and place 1 drop into the pouch. Look downward and gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger at the corner of the eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure. This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye. Repeat these steps if your dose is for more than 1 drop and for the other eye if so directed.

Overdose

This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.

Warnings and contraindications

A few warnings and contraindications that apply to all naphazoline-containing substances intended for medicinal use are

  • Hypersensitivity to naphazoline
  • Patients taking MAO inhibitors can experience a severe hypertensive crisis if given a sympathomimetic drug such as naphazoline HCl
  • Use in infants and children can result in central nervous system depression, leading to coma and marked reduction in body temperature
  • Should be used with caution in patients with severe cardiovascular disease including cardiac arrhythmia and in patients with diabetes, especially those with a tendency toward diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Drug interactions can occur with anaesthetics that sensitize the myocardium to sympathomimetics (e.g. cyclopropane or halothane cautiously)
  • Exercise caution when applying prior to use of phenylephrine.
  • Extended use may cause rhinitis medicamentosa, a condition of rebound nasal congestion.
  • A possible association with stroke has been suggested.[2]
  • Naphazoline Ophthalmic Side Effects
  • Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Stop using naphazoline ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if you have:
  • ongoing or worsening eye redness;
  • eye pain;

How should I use naphazoline ophthalmic?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.Using the medication too long or too often may worsen your symptoms and cause damage to the blood vessels in your eyes.Wash your hands before using the eye drops.To apply the eye drops:Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper and squeeze out a drop.Close your eye and gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye for about 1 minute, to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.Use only the number of drops recommended.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since naphazoline ophthalmic is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of naphazoline ophthalmic is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

Keep this medicine out of the reach of children. Certain eye medications can cause serious medical problems in a young child who accidentally sucks on or swallows medicine from the eye dropper.

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